Self portrait talking to Vince

American photographer Francesca Woodman used her own body posed within crumbling architectural spaces to create an intimate, surreal and coherent body of work that, despite her tragic death at age 22, has influenced the generations of photographers that followed her. Exploring images of the self and the female form, Woodman's images exist in the psychological space between fantasy and reality, and her experimentations with evocative staging and lengthened exposure times serve to enhance their mysterious quality. In this black-and-white photograph, Woodman is seen seated in a corner looking awkwardly toward the camera, her mouth gaping open. A sinewy object protrudes from her lips trailing to the right just past her face as if a word bubble, referencing the title "Self Portrait Talking to Vince."

Francesca Woodman
No size Gelatin silver print 1980

The 19th- and 20th-century Photography Collection

A collection of 1,008 late nineteenth- to early twentieth-century photographic works from Eadweard Muybridge, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Mapplethorpe, Annie Leibovitz, Andy Warhol, Yeondoo Jung, master fashion photographers Patrick Demarchelier, Karl Lagerfeld, Richard Avedon, and others.

Gelatin silver print
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